new year

With the New Year here, many people are looking to get healthier with resolutions and to become more active.   Whether you chose to get a membership at a local gym, or participate in a recreational activity, becoming more active not only helps your body, but also your mind.

“Typically, people that are active have a longer, healthier life span. Staying active can reduce many health risks, boost your energy, and improve your mood. It also often equates to improved mobility and balance, which results in lower risk of falls and serious injuries.” – William Nordt, MD – OrthoVirgina

Here are some tips to help you embrace your new year’s resolutions to stay fit:

  • Make time for activity every day.
  • Eat Better. Eating healthy foods rather than sugars and processed junk food minimizes detrimental acids in your body that may soften your bones. Leafy greens and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants provide healing nutrients to your joints and gives bones what they need to stay strong.
  • Watch your liquid calorie intake! Punches, ciders cocoas, flavored coffee-based drinks, and adult beverages add calories and do not provide satiety. A small amount packs A LOT of calories to your day. The type and level of activity needed to burn what would be in a small hot chocolate is to run a mile or more! Experiment with low sugar or calorie free options, and don’t forget our good friend water.

Mandy Mirzaie, RD – Advanced Surgical Partners of Virginia